2004 2ème Cru Classé Pauillac

Grapes Cab Franc, Merlot, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Haut Médoc
Village Pauillac
Classification 2ème Cru Classé
ABV 14%

En Primeur:- Very deep black-purple colour. Nose and attack very Cabernet, very pure. Lots of volume, very enveloped in its ball of smooth fat texture, but still stern for Pichon Lalande -'masculine'. Very long, very pure, magnificent, elegant Pichon Lalande. - One year on, it has taken the oak well, and seems on track to come out like the very successful 1998. Densely expressive and tautly tannic, with good drive. Rating: 93 L&S (Apr 2005)

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In the same frame as the 2002 in that it is classic, with firm tannins, big shoulders, and Pauillac bite, but this is bigger and more enjoyable in every way, more of a crowd pleaser, and a beautifully velvety texure. Cassis, cocoa baen, liquorice root, bilberry, crushed stones, essence of its appellation. An abundant year also, with high yields (clocking in at over 60hl/h). Plenty of intensity through the mid palate. Not as seductive as some vintages of Comtesse, but easily one of the wines of this vintage and it's beginning to be ready to drink at this point. Gildas d'Ornon director at the time. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 95 Jane Anson, Decanter (Sep 2021)

Deep, rich nose of succulent black fruits - very ripe and primary. Still youthful with lots of fruit, vineyard character and a good future. Drinking range: 2014 - 2024Decanter Magazine (Sep 2014)

The nose has an attractive mix of blackcurrant and blackberry overlaid by aromatic fragrances. The tannins are still very much in evidence but they do feel ripe not aggressive and allow the fruit to show itself. There is liquorice and rich sloe giving power to the finish. 2011-24 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, (Dec 2013)

Château Pichon Lalande

Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande is a second Growth in the Pauillac appellation. The estate, which is commonly referred to as just Chateau Pichon-Lalande, used to be a part of the larger Pichon estate, owned by Pierre de Rauzan. The larger Pichon estate gained its name when Pierre's daughter Thérèse married Jacques de Pichon Longueville in the 17th Century. Pichon-Lalande was later separated from Pichon Baron in 1850 due to inheritance, with the name Lalande being gained again through another marriage. The estate was passed down through the generations until the Great War when it was auctioned to Edouard and Louis Miailhe in 1925. Edouard's daughter May Eliane de Lencquesaing became the owner in 1978 and thanks to her passion for wine and strict management; she has seen Pichon Lalande's reputation grow immeasurably around the world. In 2007 she passed it on to the Louis Roederer Champagne house, with the Rouzaud family looking to preserve the traditions. The vineyard covers 75 hectares and lies on deep gravel beds over layers of clay, limestone and sand. The vines consist of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon vines; giving the wine structure, 35% Merlot; providing a certain roundness, 12% Cabernet Franc balancing the wine and 8% Petit Verdot to provide freshness. Together these characteristics provide a softer somewhat more feminine wine, particularly more so than its brother estate Pichon Baron.

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